VIDEO: Meet the volunteer who plays piano for refugees leaving Ukraine


Davide Martello plays piano at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland. File / AP

Gulf Today Report

In the midst of war, a volunteer has been playing the piano for refugees leaving Ukraine at the Polish border crossing.

Davide Martello, a German pianist of Italian descent, was videoed playing the piano in Medyka.

Thousands of refugees from Ukraine are arriving at the border Polish town of Medyka every day.

Among them are families, children and the elderly carrying their worldly possessions and in some cases, their pets.




Officials in Central Europe voiced concern on Sunday that they were reaching capacity to comfortably house some of the nearly 3.5 million refugees who have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion and are now camped in temporary accommodation.

Most of the Ukrainians have arrived at border points in Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary, data compiled by the U.N. refugee agency shows, putting pressure on the European Union countries now attempting to shelter them.

Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan said the government would seek to extend a state of emergency to deal with the influx, with officials trying to relocate new arrivals to cities outside the capital Prague to ease the pressure.



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